2018 2019 Müllers Annual Report

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This Annual Report outlines the work of Müllers from March 2018 until February 2019.

As a charity, we continue to put our trust in God and seek to do His will. Deuteronomy 31:8 states that “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,” so we draw strength from knowing that God is with us and goes before us.

Annual Report

2018 - 2019

Girls express their thanks to Müllers for the secondary education

provided by partners For-Ethiopia (page 12/13)


Prayer

Works and

Actions

Matter

As a charity, we

continue to put

our trust in God

and seek to do His will.

Deuteronomy 31:8 states

that “The LORD himself

goes before you and will

be with you; he will never

leave you nor forsake you.

Do not be afraid; do not be

discouraged,” so we draw

strength from knowing that

God is with us and goes

before us.

This year we have prayerfully

considered the opportunity to

move our museum and offices

from Cotham Park to a section

of the second original Orphan

Home on Ashley Down, built by

George Müller in the 1800s. After

careful thought and prayer, we

made the decision to relocate back

to Ashley Down, fully aware of

what this would cost us in terms

of both money and staff time.

Nevertheless, it “seemed good to

the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts

15:28). This is a significant move

for us, and we are grateful to our

Board of Trustees who prayed and

diligently led the charity through

this process. We are also thankful

to our staff team for their prayerful

support, encouragement and hard

work that has enabled this move

to take place. It is a privilege to

continue demonstrating God’s

faithfulness to us. George Müller

wrote in his Narratives:

... still, the first and primary

object of the work was, (and still

is:) that God might be magnified

by the fact, that the orphans

under my care are provided,

with all they need, only by

prayer and faith, without any

one being asked by me or my

fellow-labourers, whereby

it may be seen, that God is

FAITHFUL STILL, and HEARS

PRAYER STILL.

This aim of George Müller remains

our hope and prayer as we move

into our new premises in summer

2019. God is certainly faithful and

continues to hear our prayers. We

are thankful that this move will:

• Glorify God by demonstrating

the living reality of the

Christian faith and prayer

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• Encourage more people to

visit the museum and learn

about George Müller’s story

• Further establish the work of

Müllers as a blessing to the

people of Bristol and beyond

Over the year we have continued

to partner, prayerfully and

financially, with recipients serving

God around the world. Partnering

locally in the Bristol region we

have supported and equipped the

local church through our Equip

events. Within our staff team we

have promoted Dan Doherty from

Charity Team Leader to the role

of Chief Executive and have also

appointed Liz Ogborne as Museum

Coordinator. This year we have

also given considerable time and

attention to planning the new

museum and office space.

In the coming year, we look

forward to all the opportunities

that our move will afford us as we

seek to touch lives in Bristol and

throughout the world. We look

forward to welcoming many visitors

to our new museum, which will

enable school children, members

of the general public and those

researching their family history to

be inspired by the story of George

Müller and share the ongoing

vision of the charity in new ways.

Prayer Points:

• Please pray that our visitors

will be inspired by spending

time in our new museum.

• Please pray for the staff and

trustees as we settle into our

new office space.

• Please join us in praying that

our partners around the world

would know God’s love and

provision throughout the year.

Stewart North

Chairman of Trustees

Our Work 4

Partnering Globally 6

Rwandan Orphan Project 8

The Doxa Project 10

The Woods, Amsterdam 11

For-Ehtiopia 12

UNiViDA 14

Partnering Locally 16

HOPE Bristol 2018 16

Bristol City Churches Fund 17

CAP Debt Advice Centre 17

Seniors 18

Equip 19

Looking Forward 19

Heritage 20

Former Boys and Girls 21

Practical Theology 22

Course

Community Houses 24

Review of 2018-19 26

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Our Work

TRUSTEES & DIRECTORS

OUR MISSION & VALUES

OUR VISION

S.D. North (Chairman)

E.J. Marsh (Vice Chairman)

A.C. Davies (Company Secretary)

Q.T.S. Elston

E.F.C. Small

D.J. Powell

J.N. Kingston

T.D. Grieve

Former Directors:

George Müller (Founder) (1834-1898)

James Wright (1898-1905)

George Frederick Bergin (1905-1912)

William M Bergin (1912-1930)

Alfred E Green (1930-1940)

Thomas Tilsley (1940-1952)

John McCready (1952-1958)

James J Rose (1958-1986)

Joseph Cowan (1986-1988)

Robert L Scott-Cook (1988-1994)

Julian P Marsh [Chief Exec.] (1994-2008)

Keith Hagon [Chief Exec.] (2008-2012)

Robert L Scott-Cook (2012-2016)

[Hon. Exec. Chair]

Stewart D North (2016-2018)

[Hon. Exec. Chair]

Current Director:

Daniel J Doherty (From 2018)

[Chief Exec.]

Müllers has been bringing prayer

and care together to transform

lives and shape communities since

1834 in the 19th Century, through

to the 20th and into the 21st

Century.

Partnering in prayer for every

aspect of our work:

Strengthening Faith

Encouraging Hope

Enabling Love

CORE PROJECTS

ORPHANS OF THE WORLD

Helping in the care of thousands of

orphans around the world

SPIRITUAL ORPHANS

Helping in the outreach towards

a whole generation of local and

unchurched children & youth.

COMPLEMENTARY PROJECTS

HERITAGE

Sharing the legacy of answered

prayer and God’s provision through

The George Müller Museum, family

history records, and literature

TRAINING

Practical Theology Course

COMMUNITY HOUSES

Discipleship, Houses of prayer

SENIORS

Engaging 3rd agers, and serving

elderly and widows locally and

overseas

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Our Work

Continued

OUR DELIVERY

PARTNERING GLOBALLY PARTNERING LOCALLY MÜLLERS HUB

SKI PARTNERS

• Partnership in prayer

• Supporting global mission

ORPHANS OF THE WORLD

• SKI linked orphan work

• Significant partners working with

orphans

• Microfinance partners

WIDOWS OF THE WORLD

• SKI linked seniors work

SPIRITUAL ORPHANS

• Open the Book

• Prayer Spaces in Schools

• Pray for Schools

• Ministry with Children & Youth

GENERAL PARTNERSHIP

WORK

• Partnership in Prayer

• Equip

• Links to Orphans of the World

• Seniors in the Community

• People in Need

HERITAGE

TRAINING

COMMUNITY HOUSES

SENIORS

• Globally serving Widows of the

World and locally serving the

elderly

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Partnering

Globally

It is a privilege to continue the work of SKI, which was started

in 1834 by George Müller. As he praised God for the funds

that were received, so we reflect over the past year and are

both humbled and thankful for God’s provision and for all of you

who partner with us in prayer and financial giving.

It has been wonderful to receive regular updates from all over the world and

as we have stood with our Global partners in the challenges they have faced

this year, we have seen the power of prayer. These are little windows through

which we can see what God is doing through His worldwide family.

Your gifts have blessed over 230 Global partners, enabling them to follow the

call of God and show His love in practical ways to many disadvantaged people.

You have enabled us to send:

£160,787

Orphans of the World Initiative

£57,634

Widows of the World Initiative

£1,380,302

Total given through SKI

See pages 24-25 for further details

Prayer Points:

• Please pray for us as we look to improve the information we gather about

the work our partners are undertaking so that we can more effectively

support them.

• Please also pray that we might more effectively and regularly

communicate with them so that we can pray more insightfully into their

situations.

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Rwandan Orphan Project


Rwandan Orphan Project

This year, the Rwandan

Orphan Project

celebrated its 27th

birthday. Over 1000 orphans

have been helped to develop

through childhood and

prepared for independent

adult life. This is done through

supporting the extended family

to care for their orphaned

relatives.

Peter Andrews and his family have

had connections with Rwanda since

1981, when Peter went out to teach

Motor Vehicle Mechanics at a skills

training centre in Kigali.

Both he and his wife Jenny also had

experience in social work in the UK

prior to this new venture. When

the devastating effects of the AIDS

epidemic were becoming more

apparent in the early 1990s, they

expanded the work that they were

doing with the Inkuru Nziza (Good

News) Church in Rwanda to include

a project supporting orphans. They

worked alongside one of the local

church leaders and a team of other

Rwandans to support orphans

in the community rather than in

institutional care.

They now work with a team of three

social workers and a counselling

psychologist to provide the support

and oversight that is needed by the

families.

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Rwandan Orphan Project

Continued

With the city of Kigali now numbering

over one million people, there is a

need for training in a multitude of

diverse skills. While there is a drive to

educate the young people of Rwanda

in academic subjects, and over 100

project children have attended

university courses, there remains a

need for young people with training

in practical skills.

The Skills Training Centre at

Kimisagara in Kigali began 15 years

ago. Training was initially limited to

tailoring skills. Lessons in carpentry

and welding followed, with the

intake comprising mainly orphans

from the Project. The site has been

developed to enable courses in

Electrical Installation, Construction,

Catering, and Hairdressing. The

teaching staff are all experts in their

field of work and so can pass on

their skills to the young trainees. The

centre was recently approved by the

government and so are able to give

recognised certificates in the five

skills of catering, beauty, welding,

construction, and tailoring.

The Project has also been involved

in supporting local churches. The

government has forced the closure

of over 150 Inkuru Nziza churches

in Rwanda, but God has enabled the

necessary improvements to be made

on 80 churches and these have now

been reopened.

Prayer Points for The

Rwandan Orphan Project:

• Please pray that the Project can

continue to support children in

the community, and that each

child will have opportunities

to be educated and trained for

their future.

• Please pray that those who have

been helped by the Project will

continue to flourish and do well

in life, becoming a blessing to

those around them.

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The Doxa

Project

Levi

David

Ben Ryan, founder of

the Doxa Project, first

visited the slum area

of Kwa Murugi (Kenya) in

2010, and was deeply affected

by what he saw. Rather

than feeling hopeless about

the community’s future, he

thought “it doesn’t have to

be like this.” A seed of hope

was planted, germinated and

became the Doxa Project.

The Project seeks to bring that same

hope to the whole community and

break the cycle of poverty. Although

this started with the sponsoring of

children to enable them to access

education, it has since diversified.

One simple but effective project is

purchasing “Buffalo” bicycles for

people. Here are two brief stories of

young men who have benefitted from

this project:

Levi was unhappy at school, so he

apprenticed himself to a mechanic

who will take him through a twoyear

course to qualify as a mechanic.

Behind him is the “Buffalo” bike that

allows him to travel to and from his

apprenticeship.

David attended a week-long course

where he learnt to dismantle and

reassemble the bikes. He now

maintains a small fleet.

The Doxa Project has helped educate

around 50 children, provide clean

water to just over 100 people, and

has provided a safe play area for the

community’s children. It also offers

small business loans and supports

families with food, clothes and

improvements to homes.

The Doxa Project would

appreciate prayer for:

• Please pray that we will have

godly wisdom as we seek to

purchase more land, so that it

can be used well and for God’s

glory in the future.

• Please pray for the Project’s

ongoing work in the slum, and

that God would lead and enable

them to partner with other

organisations to break the cycle

of poverty.

• Please pray that that people will

encounter Jesus through this

work.

• Please pray that God would

bring workers from both Kenya

and the UK to partner with us.

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The Woods, Amsterdam

Simon and Sarah Wood serve with YWAM in Amsterdam. Two of their buildings are based in

the central Red Light district. They run a prayer space and try to reach all who are entangled

in the sex industry.

They have another building

opposite the Central Station

(pictured), with a neon sign that

says ‘Jesus Loves You’ and ‘God

Roept U’ (‘God Calls You’ in Dutch).

God has been speaking to them

about not just catching people’s

attention but giving them time

and space to investigate, and talk

about, faith. Together with other

Christians in the city, they have

recently started a project called

‘Look Up’*.

Sarah writes:

Back in February we wrote a

newsletter about some of the

truths behind the Red Light area.

I think one thing that is tempting

for us is to get too focused on

the downside of Amsterdam.

Sometimes when we pray for our

area, we are reminded that we

shouldn't just pray for the bad

things to go but for good things

to come in their place. This is

the biggest project we've been

involved in as we try to put a

good message in the heart of

Amsterdam; the idea is to have a

cultural centre for tourists and

locals alike to visit, which tells an

alternative story of the city.

words of C.S. Lewis, they want to see

people go “further up and further in.”

Prayer Points for The

Woods in Amsterdam:

• Please pray for the team to

know God’s guidance and

protection as they courageously

speak truth into the lies spoken

out over the city, including those

in the sex industry.

• Please pray for the ‘Look

Up’ project to reach many

people, and for the team to

have opportunities to start a

conversation about faith with

people.

The ‘Look Up’ development will

include a Christian library and a

space they are calling ‘The Upper

Room’ for people to come and

encounter God. Inspired by the

*www.lookup.amsterdam/en

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For-Ethiopia is a Bristol

based charity that was

established in October

2004 and works to relieve

poverty and sickness, preserve

and protect health, and

advance education among the

needy people of Ethiopia.

It aims to work in a sustainable way

that helps people move towards selfsufficiency.

Most of their work falls

into the areas of ‘Health,’ ‘Education,’

and ‘Water & Sanitation.’

Health

In the Addis Alem region, there are

27 rural health posts (clinics) and

four health centres. Each clinic is

staffed by a midwife and nurse. With

no electricity or water supply, each

clinic must cater for around 7,000

people. For-Ethiopia resource the

clinics through training, the provision

of solar refrigerators, and water

containers.

Education

In order to maximise educational

benefits to children, attention

must be paid to the quality of

schooling as well as access to

schools. To this end, the charity

have been providing resources

to 37 primary and two secondary

schools in the area since 2004.

For-Ethiopia established the

Underhill Scholarship Scheme in

2011 and built Toby House in 2015

to offer a safe place and extra

training for girls from remote

areas with no secondary school.

Two examples are set out in

Project A & B.

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For-Ethiopia

Continued

Project

The funds enabled 32 rural girls to

access secondary education. While

the amount they receive is only £5 a

month, this has huge benefits. It gives

each girl a measure of independence

in their personal budgeting for

essentials (going towards the cost of

food, shoes, sanitary products and

transport to visit family) and rent

for those living outside Toby House.

The older girls who have completed

their examinations have left and

moved on to higher education or to

employment. This is a considerable

achievement given that they came

from villages without a secondary

school.

Project

At Ejere Primary School 45 of the

neediest pupils receive support from

the project. These children might

be orphans, or have ill health or

family debt issues. The help provided

enables them to continue their

studies despite these challenges.

Although primary education is free

in Ethiopia, families must provide

some basics before starting school

each year. These include uniform,

exercise book, stationery, underwear

and soap. The funds from Müllers

has enabled teachers to talk to each

child and provide the extra support

needed to keep them in school.

Water & Sanitation

Since 2004, five springs have been

capped, five hand-dug wells and 20

drilled wells have been successfully

constructed. This has provided safe,

clean water for over 9,000 people.

A total of 13 toilet blocks have also

been constructed in local schools,

benefiting 9,300 pupils. Training days

stressing the importance of Water,

Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) have

been run in these communities.

For-Ethiopia Would Value

Prayer For:

• Please pray for God’s favour

as grants and new partners

are sought to expand the work

and affect more families in the

future.

• Please pray for existing and

forthcoming projects to bear

fruit.

• Please pray for the well-being of

the staff in Ethiopia and Trustees

in Bristol.

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www.univida.org

We are an

organisation

committed to

offering opportunity to

children living in poverty

in Brazil. We seek to

educate children, support

families and build stronger

communities.

Our goal is to prevent the

circumstances that lead children to

the streets and help put them on a

pathway of hope.

UNiViDA (the University of Life) is

based in a slum community (favela)

in Fortaleza, Brazil. Like so many

favelas in Brazil, poverty, inequality

and hopelessness are rife.

We believe that education is a vital

means of enabling children to escape

the cycle of poverty that systemic

global injustice perpetuates. The

Brazilian state funds each child to

receive four hours of education each

day, and we supplement this with an

extra four hours at an after-school

additional education programme

for 370 children. UNiViDA assesses

each child’s physical, emotional and

spiritual needs and helps them work

towards an alternative future. The

teaching follows the state-school

curriculum and there are people on

hand to supervise homework.

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UNiViDA

Continued

The team creates a safe space—

with hot food and clean water—for

the children to play, make friends

and study. Additionally, the staff

build friendships with them and

offer support and counselling. The

children are also given opportunities

to learn subjects that are not on

the school curriculum, such as

P.E., Dance, Drama, Music, I.T.,

Citizenship, Hygiene, Nutrition, Art,

and Environmental Studies. These

subjects provide both essential life

skills and inspire students to broaden

their horizons.

Without this extra education, many

children would drop out of school

and be trapped on a path that leads

to work as, at best, a domestic maid

or a street vendor, and, at worst,

prostitution, thief or drug dealer.

One of the teachers reflected on her

experience with the children:

Prayer Points for

UNiViDA:

• Please pray for plans to build

a prayer garden and outdoor

classroom for children who need

a quiet space for counselling

and prayer.

• Please also pray for the health

of children living in unsanitary

conditions in the slums. Pray

that our Loving Father would

protect them against diseases

like Zika virus and Dengue Fever,

as well as fatigue and growing

pains caused by malnutrition.

• Please pray that children joining

the University of Life would be

able to relax, trust and open

their hearts to God’s love, and

take hold of the opportunities

UNiViDA is offering them.

Local Partnership

We partner with Waterbrook Church

from Bristol in supporting the work

of UNiViDA. We asked Waterbrook’s

church leader and Müllers Trustee

Tony Davies about this partnership:

UNiViDA is an amazing charity

doing great work to make a

difference to young lives in

difficult areas of Fortaleza

in Brazil. By partnering with

Müllers, Waterbrook church has

enabled UNiViDA to have a higher

profile, encouraged people to pray,

and enabled Univida to benefit

from additional financial support

from Müllers from time to time.

Despite all the challenges, the

University of Life is an amazing

place to work. It’s hard to explain

to someone who doesn’t know

Brazil and the nature of this

community, but the children

here really need our help. Just

coming in through the gates into

the project each day is literally

keeping them alive and off the

dangerous streets.

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Partnering

Locally

Müllers is partnering

with churches and

organisations in

Bristol enabling mission and

resourcing people.

We have encouraged city-wide

projects, such as Hope Bristol 2018

and Bristol Churches City Fund,

offered Equip events for training

and networking, and signposted to

national initiatives such as Prayer

Spaces in Schools. The city of Bristol

and prayer remain at the heart of our

work, as they were for George Müller

in the 1800s.

Hope Bristol 2018 Report

It was a joy to be a part of Hope

Bristol 2018, a city-wide mission

that took place from 3rd–7th April

2018. The event brought together

Christians engaging in outreach and

community volunteering projects

across Bristol.

It has been amazing to see 1,400

Christians out on the streets

of Bristol, bringing hope to

vulnerable communities through

the good news of Jesus.

The unity across generations

and denominations has been

inspiring. We're grateful to all

those who have served our city so

sacrificially.

Tim Dobson

Co-Chair of Hope Bristol 2018

This project afforded Müllers the

opportunity to champion unity

and social action across the city

by working with Bristol Noise and

Soul Survivor. Since the event, we

have continued to support Building

Bristol as a City of Hope, a multiagency

project aimed at transforming

Bristol in areas such as child hunger,

homelessness, debt, loneliness,

mental health, as well as the work of

Bristol Noise across the city.

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Partnering Locally

Continued

Bristol Churches

City Fund

Over the past year, we

have continued our

work with the Bristol

Churches City Fund. This

relatively new initiative enables

Christian generosity to tackle

city-wide concerns such as

homelessness, food poverty,

debt support and refugee

work.

Müllers provides governance for the

fund, overseeing:

• receiving donations

• assessing applications that are

received

• deciding which applications can

be supported

• releasing funds to successful

candidates.

Governance is provided by members

of the Müllers staff team, who handle

the day-to-day matters of finances

and correspondence, and trustees,

two of whom sit on the City Fund

Steering Committee. Müllers remains

separate from fundraising activity but

offers expertise and experience in

ensuring due diligence with regard to

holding and releasing the funds.

In the first year, the fund received

£42,000 in donations, which meant

that five projects across the city could

be helped. One such project was the

establishment of a Christians Against

Poverty (CAP) debt advice centre.

CAP Debt Advice Centre

The new South Bristol CAP Debt

Centre was launched in April 2019

due to an initial grant from Bristol

Churches City Fund.

CAP is a charity that offers free debt

advice, bringing relief and hope into

people’s situations. Tens of thousands

of people in hardship across the UK

are helped each year.

Severn Vineyard Church is leading

this project in collaboration with a

number of South Bristol churches

from a variety of denominations. The

Centre Manager, Rachel Goodchild,

established the Centre and created

a team of befrienders to accompany

her into people’s homes. They consult

with those seeking advice and then

consult with the CAP central office,

who create the budget plan. Rachel

and the befriender then support

the client through the process of

becoming debt-free. They offer

prayer as well as inviting the clients

to church-based community events.

CAP reports that many people not

only become debt-free but also come

to faith in Jesus Christ through the

process.

The South Bristol CAP Debt Centre

already has a number of clients

receiving support, and a growing

team of befrienders. Individuals and

churches can be involved through

prayer, practical or financial support.

For more information, visit

www.severnvineyard.org/

capdebtcentre or email

rachel.goodchild@severnvineyard.

org

It is a privilege to see how the Fund—

through the generous donations

of individuals and organisations—

enables projects like the South Bristol

CAP Debt Centre to begin. 2019

sees our second cycle of collecting

donations, after which further grants

will be made to other projects. We

look forward to seeing how God will

work his purposes to lovingly reach

the most vulnerable people in the

city.

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Partnering

Locally

Continued

Seniors

Seniors work remains important to Müllers. This year we

have investigated new and innovative ways to encourage

churches to bless and support elderly members of their

community.

We met with The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) and were delighted to hear

more about the work of Anna Chaplaincy. Named after the faithful widow

Anna, who appears with Simeon in Luke’s gospel, Anna Chaplaincy is a

community-based network that works across denominations to support older

people and their carers. It aims to link together people who share a passion

for working with older people, creating opportunities to learn from each other

and raising professional standards.

We would love to see the churches of Bristol encouraged in their work with

seniors and have therefore planned an Equip event for them to hear more

about Anna Chaplaincy in the coming year. We also hope to support a series of

training events for the work of Anna Chaplaincy.

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Partnering

Locally

Continued

Equip

Equipping members of local churches

continues to be an important part

of Müllers’ work. This year we have

run forums for Youth Workers

and held Equip Events on General

Data Protection Regulations and

Instagram.

Müllers is committed to seeing

effective youth and schools work

happen in the Bristol region. To this

end, Müllers supports the Youth

Workers Forum, at which between 25

and 40 Christian youth workers from

churches, para-church organisations

and the public sector meet three

times each year to encourage one

another, pray and plan.

In the Autumn, the Forum run a

networking session to introduce

new youth workers and give youth

work organisations an opportunity to

showcase available resources.

In the Spring term, the Forum run

a training morning that considers

topics including schools work, Prayer

Spaces In Schools, self-harm and

eating disorders, evangelism and

how to engage with local community

youth work.

In the Summer there is an endof-year

retreat and barbecue

social time, at which we share

encouragements and thanksgiving,

worship and pray together. It’s

wonderful to see what God is doing

for this younger generation, and to

work in unity.

We asked a couple of Youth Workers

Forum attendees what they value

about these events:

The Youth Workers forum is such

a brilliant opportunity for me

and my co-workers to meet other

youth workers in the area, to

be encouraged by one another's

stories, to receive relevant

teaching and to be able to support

and pray for one another. Through

the forum we've been able to

connect with others doing similar

things and share ideas, and to

learn from those who are further

along the journey than we are.

Emily

The friendship and support from

like-minded people that the Youth

Workers Forum offers has been

invaluable to me and my ministry.

It is resourcing, challenging,

encouraging and a great place to

hear how God is working across

Bristol and how we can join in.

Joel

We also continue to promote the

work of national initiatives Prayer

Spaces in Schools, Open the Book,

and Pray for Schools as great

resources for local churches to

engage with their local schools.

Looking Forward

In the coming year, we’re looking

forward to hosting a number of Equip

events (including sessions on Mental

Health & Young People, and Anna

Chaplaincy), supporting Home for

Good as they seek 30 Christian foster

carers for the region, continuing our

work with Bristol Churches City Fund,

and defining a new vision of bringing

Christian hope and wholeness to

children and young people.

Prayer Points

• Please pray that the Equip

events happening throughout

the year would provide an

excellent opportunity to

resource and encourage people.

• Please pray that Bristol

Churches City Fund would be

a catalyst for mission across

Bristol.

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“I have joyfully

dedicated my life

to this great end,

to give a practical

demonstration to

all who need it of

the blessedness

and power of the

life of faith.”

(From Müller’s

Narratives)

Heritage

As George Müller was,

so too are we moved

by the way God is

continuing to use his story to

inspire faith.

Over the last 12 months we’ve had

779 visitors to the museum, including

three classes of school children. We

also made four visits to schools to

talk to 220 children.

We were delighted to take part in

the production of a documentary on

George Müller by Revelation TV. The

one-hour programme is interspersed

with Bible verses and quotes from

Müller’s own writings. It explores

Müller’s reliance on God throughout

his life and how he proved God does

indeed answer prayer by recording

50,000 answers to prayer, 30,000

of which were answered within

24 hours. Very kindly, they have

made the programme available,

and it can be found on our website.

Alternatively, we have some DVDs

of the programme. If you would like

a free copy, then please contact the

office.

Our museum in Cotham has

been a great springboard for the

development and design of an

interactive museum which will be

housed in our new premises. This

will occupy a section of one of the

original Orphan Homes built by

George Müller in the 1800s. We have

enjoyed creating new interactive

exhibits and working towards this

redeveloped museum that will more

fully tell the story of George Müller

and his Orphan Homes.

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Heritage

Continued

Former Boys and Girls

The Former Boys and Girls’ Open

Day remains a highlight in our year.

It provides a wonderful opportunity

for former residents of the Müllers’

Orphan Homes to meet friends and

for us to keep in touch and catch up

with them. We enjoy spending time

with them over a buffet lunch and

afternoon tea while hearing their

news and reminiscing with them.

Prayer Points

• Please pray that visitors will

enjoy visiting the new George

Müller Museum and be inspired

by George Müller’s story.

• Please pray for more local

schools to visit the new museum

so that a new generation will

be encouraged to follow in the

footsteps of George Müller by

faithfully serving the needs of

others.

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Practical

Theology

Course

Jesus once asked the

crowd: ‘How is it that

you don’t know how to

interpret the present time?’

(Luke 12:56)

Our cultural moment is awash

with countless opinions on any

topic. Given this, Christians need to

“interpret the present time” to live in

continued faithful obedience to the

gospel.

This is why the Practical Theology

Course exists: to enable Christians

to sink deep roots into the Word of

God and develop more fruitful lives.

This year, we have been joined by

around 20 students from ten different

churches. We asked four of them—

Precious, Lucy, Helen and Isaac—a

few questions about the course.

What church are you a part of, and

how did you hear about the Practical

Theology course?

Precious: New Testament Church of

God in Eastville, and I heard about

this course from my sister.

Helen: I moved to Portishead to

make a fresh start following domestic

abuse. I’d go to a coffee shop each

morning to use their broadband to

listen to the Bible on my phone. One

day someone asked me what I was

doing. It emerged that he and his wife

were Christians and they mentioned

the course to me.

Lucy: I’m from Christ the Rock in Yate.

A friend did the course previously.

She loved it and encouraged me

to apply if I could, and this year

everything fell into place for that.

Isaac: I’m part of Crofts End

Church in St George, and our Pastor

suggested I apply.

What did you hope to get out of the

course when you started?

Precious: More knowledge and

understanding of God's word, so

that I could serve in church more

effectively.

Isaac: Same here: growing in

knowledge of Scripture, and applying

it to life.

Lucy: Yes, engaging with the Bible

in greater depth and with increased

understanding. Also, I wanted to be

able to debate different theological

views.

Helen: That’s a hard question! I

wanted to know and understand the

Bible better. Also, I wanted support

and fellowship from other Christians

who wanted to lay down their life for

Christ and make serious changes.

How would you describe the course?

Isaac: It’s fun and interactive, but

also challenging.

Helen: I agree. The course has far

exceeded my expectations. The

lecturers are humble, patient and

approachable, and their knowledge

of, and passion for, their subjects

is evident, which is motivating and

infectious.

However, it’s fairly intense, and can

be challenging and tough, but there

are lots of uplifting times of worship,

joy and laughter.

Lucy: Stimulating, refreshing,

challenging, exciting and encouraging!

Precious: The whole course has

been a wonderful experience; it has

inspired me to read more and helped

me understand the Bible.

What is the benefit of starting each

week with a time to worship and pray

together?

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Precious: They’re amazing! Meeting

together each week and hearing from

others is so encouraging. It allows me

to be part of something greater and

shows me that we all need God and

each other.

Isaac: That’s right. It prepares our

hearts and minds for God to speak

to us.

Helen: Like Isaac said, it keeps

us grounded and focused on our

common purpose. It removes barriers

between us and unites us as one

family in Christ.

Lucy: Yes, it’s a fundamental part of

focusing on the ‘why’, which reminds

us that we’re learning about a living

God and can connect with Him in a

real way.

People from different churches can

lead and introduce something new.

We can step out of our comfort zones

and gain confidence in an important

area of church ministry.

Lucy: I’ve absolutely loved being

on the course. I have a renewed

passion for the Bible and a greater

understanding, which has deepened

my desire to see God’s will be done

‘on earth as it is in heaven’, and play

my part in that.

Isaac: Loads! I now spend more time

reading and studying the Word of

God.

What is the benefit of doing the

assignments?

Precious: It’s hard to put into words...

Helen: Well, they’re not compulsory.

You can just come along and

participate in the classes and debates.

Lucy: That’s what I’ve been doing,

but I can see their benefit. Although

I can still learn and benefit from

the course, I think I’d retain more

information and explore more

around each subject if I’d done the

assignments.

Lucy: Exactly! It helps us grow

together by learning from each other,

sharing ideas and resources, and

forming relationships across different

churches.

Helen: And it encourages us as

individuals. As we grow in faith, that

affects the wider church community.

Isaac: I agree. It makes people

theologically better-equipped through

familiarity with, and reflection on, the

Word of God.

Lucy: Which impacts the local church:

growing in theological knowledge

underpins our role in church.

Precious

How has being on the course affected

your discipleship?

Precious: It has helped me reflect

on how I’ve always read the Bible,

and has shown me how I can grow in

this to equip myself with the word of

God and help others. It has helped

me understand the true meaning of

discipleship.

Helen: It has shown me the

importance of loving and accepting

others so that we can be the working

body of Christ. It’s changed how

I see my place within my church

congregation as a single woman.

Also, it’s really moving to witness the

younger generation studying and

boldly contending for their faith.

Helen: That’s been my experience.

I’m really glad that I’ve done them.

The mark-scheme suits all levels and

I’m so glad that I had a go.

Isaac: Same here. They make me

think about what I know and how to

explain it. The feedback is helpful and

always includes some way to improve.

What part do you think the course

could play in building up the church

in Bristol?

Precious: It fosters unity and reminds

us that, although we’re from different

congregations, we serve the same

God.

Lucy

Helen

Isaac

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What’s different about

living in community? Is it

just a big house share?

Allan

Community Houses

As a charity, we

continue to facilitate

three Community

Houses in Bristol. Each

one provides a home to

individuals and families who

have committed to living

purposefully with one another,

upholding the principles of

prayer, hospitality and witness.

We asked Allan (pictured above,

right) about his experience of living

in community for the past year and a

half:

I was fortunate that during my time

at university I lived with a great

community of non-Christian guys,

and in many ways we lived a similar

life to the community house I am

now in. We cooked together, chatted

about our day, and spent a lot of

our time together. However, there is

more to community than just eating

together and spending time together.

The community has an intentionality

associated with it. Every day I see a

group of Christians actively sharing

more than just food and spending

more than just time. In community,

I see an openness that is all too easy

to avoid or hide in normal life and

an honesty that we can often avoid

with others. The daily sacrifices that

others around me are willing to make

constantly remind and challenge me

to live more intentionally like Jesus.

How have friends and

families viewed living in

community?

My family seem to view it as a

stepping point towards owning my

own house or as a stage that I will

pass through. My friends think it's

crazy when I first explain it. I have a

lot of friends living in tiny apartments

in London, so for many of them it’s

beyond belief. Most seem to assume

that living in such a big house will

result in constant fights and bickering

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or that there will be lots of people I

don’t get on with. But when they visit

they actually experience the loving

community that we have and then

begin to see how it works!

How has living in

community affected your

prayer life?

It’s hard to tell whether living in

community has directly shifted

my prayer life or whether my

circumstance and the events I’ve

been through during my time in

community have affected me more.

However, since living in community

my prayer life has developed a

regularity, a reality and an honesty

that it didn’t previously possess.

Spending time with God has been

integral to my day, but I think I’ve

also been inspired to trust God more

and I have seen him come through

for me so many times, especially as

I’ve begun to give more and more of

my life over to him.

One thing that community has shown

me is the need to hold the joy and

mourning of life in tension. Everyone

has such different lives, and what

might be an incredible day for one

person could be another’s worst day.

Living with a diverse range of people

has helped me to celebrate God’s

goodness while holding in tension the

sadness and disappointment that can

often be a part of our lives.

Prayer Point

• Pray that the residents of

the Community Houses will

thrive, and that they will be an

encouragement to one another

and the wider locality.

Community

Houses

Continued

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Summary

of the Year

£1,380,302 GBP

TOTAL SENT WORLDWIDE

£42,000

£160,787 GBP

ORPHANS OF THE

WORLD INITIATIVE

Sent from Müllers unrestricted

general fund

£57,634 GBP

WIDOWS OF THE

WORLD INITIATIVE

Sent from Müllers unrestricted

general fund

in donations to

City Fund, helping

3

Class

Visits and

Visits to

Schools

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PROJECTS

5across the city

20 STUDENTS

ON THE PRACTICAL THEOLOGY COURSE

FROM 10 DIFFERENT CHURCHES

Working towards new office premises and

developing The George Müller Museum

127

HOURS

Spent in Morning

Prayer together

as a staff team


Summary of

the Year

Legacies

Many of our supporters leave

a spiritual legacy through their

enduring support of the charity

over many years, through prayer

and recounting the story of George

Müller to those around them. The

gift of a financial legacy is another

way to make a difference. If you are

considering leaving a legacy, there

is some useful information, on our

website mullers.org or call us on

0117 924 5001.

Gift Aid

We appreciate being able to maximise

gifts received through Gift Aid. For

more information please get in touch.

Looking forward

In the year ahead, we are looking

forward to moving our office and

museum into a section of the second

Orphan Home built by George Müller

in the 1800s on Ashley Down. We’re

particularly thankful that this move

will glorify God by demonstrating

the living reality of the Christian faith

and prayer, encourage more people

to visit the museum and learn about

George Müller’s story and further

establish the work of Müllers as a

blessing to the people of Bristol and

beyond. To coincide with the move we

will be relaunching our vision.

Total Income for 2018-19

Unrestricted General Funds

1

2

3

4

5

Total Expenditure for 2018-19

Unrestricted General Funds

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Family records and sale

of books

Donations

Legacies

Rental Income and

Mortgage Interest

Investment Income

Training

Orphans of the World

Grants

Widows of the World

Grants

Community Living

Governance

Communications

Seniors

Inspiring Faith (Heritage)

Local Partnerships

1%

5%

1%

22%

71%

4%

35%

13%

4%

1%

5%

2%

15%

21%

8

5

9

Amount: £558,000

7

6

1

5

1

4

2

3

Amount: £453,000

The Charity administered restricted funds of £1,208k representing legacies and gifts

received for specific Orphans of the World, Widows of the World missionaries, specific

local events and projects.

The above figures are taken from the audited Trustees’ Annual Report and Statements

for the year end 28th February 2019. The full document will be filed with the Charity

Commission in due course and will be available from their website.

Net Losses on Investments for 2018/2019: £52,146 (In Expendable Endowment Fund)

3

2

4

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Müllers

45-47 Loft House, College Road,

Bristol, BS7 9FG

0117 924 5001

admin@mullers.org • www.mullers.org

@mullersbristol • @mullersmuseum

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